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Jun 30, 2017

Northwestern / Kellogg Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Now that Northwestern has announced the Kellogg essay topics for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we wanted to offer our advice to applicants who are targeting that program’s Class of 2020. The format for Kellogg’s essays remains the same as last year’s: applicants will respond to two required essays in a... Read more »

Jun 30, 2017

MIT / Sloan Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of MIT Sloan’s 2017-2018 application essay prompt, we thought we’d offer some suggestions about how Sloan MBA hopefuls might approach this year’s written materials. The school has maintained their required cover letter—albeit with a bit more room compared to last year. The video essay is... Read more »

Jun 30, 2017

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Now that the online application for INSEAD’s January 2018 intake is live—and the INSEAD essay topics for 2017-2018 have been released—we wanted to follow up with some commentary for business school applicants targeting the school this season. INSEAD has maintained the four Job Description essays and three Motivation Essays for their application.... Read more »

Jun 21, 2017

Chicago Booth MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the University of Chicago Booth MBA essay topics for 2017-2018, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants as they prepare to tackle this potentially challenging prompt. The adcom presents candidates with images that capture life at Booth; applicants are asked to choose one... Read more »

Jun 20, 2017

NYU / Stern MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the 2017-2018 NYU / Stern Essay Topics, we wanted to share some advice for applicants targeting the NYU MBA Class of 2020. NYU Stern Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018 Let’s take a closer look at each prompt. Essay 1: Professional Aspirations What are your short and... Read more »

Jun 20, 2017

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Now that the Haas MBA essay topics have been announced for the 2017-2018 season, we wanted to offer our thoughts on how to approach each of these prompts for business school applicants targeting the UC Berkeley MBA Class of 2020. The Haas admissions website notes that the adcom seeks “candidates from... Read more »

Jun 19, 2017

Admissions Tip: Crafting the MBA Essay

With several of the leading schools having already released their MBA essay questions for this admissions season, we’re sure that quite a number of early birds are eager to get a jump on the process in order to complete as many applications as possible by Round 1. As applicants find themselves... Read more »

Jun 15, 2017

Stanford GSB MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Since the Stanford Graduate School of Business just released its essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we are following up with some advice for GSB applicants on how to approach Stanford’s essays. Stanford has asked applicants to respond to the same two questions it has asked the past few years,... Read more »

Jun 15, 2017

Emory / Goizueta MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the Emory University’s Goizueta MBA essay topics for 2017-2018, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants on how to approach these prompts. As with last year, this year’s essay section comprises four required responses, with a continued focus on career goals, leadership experiences,... Read more »

Jun 13, 2017

Michigan / Ross MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the announcement of the Michigan / Ross MBA essay topics for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we wanted to offer some thoughts about how prospective members of the Class of 2020 might approach this application. In her admissions director blog, Soojin Kwon announced a new format to the Ross application’s essay... Read more »

Jun 6, 2017

UCLA Anderson MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the release of the 2017-2018 UCLA Anderson MBA essays, we wanted to offer some guidance for applicants targeting the University of California, Los Angeles for their business school studies. Anderson MBA essay section is identical to last season’s: first-time applicants are required to respond to one 750-word response and... Read more »

Jun 5, 2017

Defining Your Post-MBA Career Goals

Though essay prompts tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?” and “How will Business School X help you achieve these goals?” And, even though many schools have now opted to... Read more »

Jun 4, 2017

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions 2017-2018

The UC Berkeley MBA admissions committee has announced the Haas essay topics for applicants targeting the Class of 2020. Haas MBA applicants will respond to three brief required essays of no more than 250 words (each). The Haas admissions website notes that the adcom seeks “candidates from a broad range of industries,... Read more »

May 18, 2017

Harvard Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its MBA essay question for the 2017-2018 application season. For the second year running, HBS asks applicants to expand on their overall application. The school is also maintaining its post-interview reflection, which will require those who reach the interview stage to submit... Read more »

May 16, 2017

Yale School of Management MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

We continue with our Essay Topic Analysis, as Yale SOM announced their MBA essay question for 2017-2018. For the second year running, Yale MBA hopefuls are required to respond to a 500-word essay about their biggest commitment.  Last year, Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico commented that the Yale MBA adcom developed this... Read more »

May 12, 2017

Columbia Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the recent announcement of the 2017-2018 Columbia Business School essay questions, this season’s Essay Topic Analysis series is officially underway. Compared to last year, the adcom has trimmed the word limits and separated the prompts regarding one’s goals and interests in the Columbia MBA. Instead of giving applicants a range... Read more »

Jan 2, 2017

Admissions Tip: Essay Polishing

Over the last few weeks we’ve offered up a slew of admissions tips and strategies for R2 applicants. Now, as the vast majority of R2 deadlines are now just a matter of days – if not hours – away, we’re offering up one final R2 tip that is geared towards... Read more »

Dec 26, 2016

MBA Admissions Round 2 Deadlines: The Moment of Truth

Over the last couple of weeks we published a series of MBA admissions tips for Round 2 application deadlines. Today, as a little holiday offering for our readers, we’ve conveniently gathered those tips into one tidy post, to help keep you organized. This next week, between Christmas and New Year,... Read more »

Dec 20, 2016

Essay Topic Analyses for Round 2 Deadlines at Your Fingertips

For those of you targeting Round 2, it’s time to get to work. With Round 2 deadlines for a whopping the majority of business schools converging in the first and second weeks of January, having a well-thought-out game plan is critical to successfully navigating the busy holiday season (and staying sane!).... Read more »

Dec 7, 2016

MBA Admissions Mashup: Admissions Tips, Exchanges, and Women in Business

Welcome back! Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. And, today we’re sharing insights from women-focused conferences and networking dinners, advice from Booth and HBS for Round 2 applicants, and a look at educational opportunities abroad. First for... Read more »


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